1 Corinthians 11:1-16 English Standard Version

11 1  Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.

The Covering of Women's Heads

2  Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you. 3  But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife[1] is her husband, and the head of Christ is God. 4  Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head, 5  but every wife[2] who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, since it is the same as if her head were shaven. 6  For if a wife will not cover her head, then she should cut her hair short. But since it is disgraceful for a wife to cut off her hair or shave her head, let her cover her head. 7  For a man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God, but woman is the glory of man. 8  For man was not made from woman, but woman from man. 9  Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. 10  That is why a wife ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.[3] 11  Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man nor man of woman; 12  for as woman was made from man, so man is now born of woman. And all things are from God. 13  Judge for yourselves: is it proper for a wife to pray to God with her head uncovered? 14  Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears long hair it is a disgrace for him, 15  but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For her hair is given to her for a covering. 16  If anyone is inclined to be contentious, we have no such practice, nor do the churches of God.


[1] 11:3 Greek gune. This term may refer to a woman or a wife, depending on the context

[2] 11:5 In verses 5-13, the Greek word gune is translated wife in verses that deal with wearing a veil, a sign of being married in first-century culture

[3] 11:10 Or messengers, that is, people sent to observe and report

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